For many of us in the front office, today began at 10:30 this morning when we gathered for an update from weather services. The pressing and soggy question: when was Ernesto leaving Philadelphia? A spilt admission doubleheader (1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.) was facing both teams today after the tropical storm washed out last night’s game.
Forecasters were right on: the early morning rain should become drizzle around 2:30 in the afternoon and then stop. Umpire crew chief Larry Young, who has jurisdiction over the playing of games at this stage of the season, surveyed the light rain around 1:30 and said the game would start at 2:35.
The game was rescheduled following a July 22 rain out on Photo Day. Many of the fans who had July 22 tickets used them today. Fortunately, they didn’t get a second wash out. In appreciation, the Phillies gave everyone a $5.00 coupon good for food at any ARAMARK stand.
Charlie Manuel talks about the importance of adding on once the Phillies take a lead in a game. Chase Utley’s two homers gave the Phils a 3-0 pad but the offense couldn’t produce more runs, stranding 12 runners, including the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings.
The Braves won, 4-3, on Adam LaRoche’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth, the Phillies second straight tough loss. Prior to Thursday’s loss in Washington, the Phillies had been 60-0 when leading after eight innings.
Following the last out at 5:12 p.m., the process began of exiting the fans and cleaning the ballpark for the 7:05 second game and crowd.
The night game started on time but on a sour note when 22-year-old pitcher Scott Mathieson left after six pitches with a sprained right elbow that will require an MRI exam tomorrow.
Adding on wasn’t a problem for the Phillies offense in the nightcap. They scored in each of the first six innings to win easily.
Newcomers had successful debuts at Citizens Bank Park today: Randall Simon (pinch singles in each game), Jeff Conine (three hits), Jose Hernandez (four hits) and Joe Thurston (one single).
It was business as usual for the clubhouse crew after the game….clean mud off the spikes, crank up the washing machines and the dryers. Everything needs to be cleaned for tomorrow’s 1:35 p.m. doubleheader.